Phonics and Learning to Read – Part 3 –

October 24, 2008

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This series wouldn’t be complete without at least one post on an awesome internet resource to help with phonics, so I’ll write about one of my favorites:

This site is amazing!  If you only check out one internet educational site, this is it.  I stumbled on Starfall a few years ago and have watched the site improve and grow with new features all the time.  Here is an explanation of the site for parents.

The first thing I really loved about Starfall was the founder’s story.  Although Stephen Schutz went on to earn his PhD, he struggled to read as a 9-year-old and was always at the bottom of his class in reading.  As an adult, he was inspired to give something back that would help other children who were struggling like he was as a child.  How cool is that?

What we like:

  • How interactive it all is.  The kids can click everywhere – on the letters to hear the sounds, on the characters to watch them do something funny, on the words to hear them read or sounded out, etc.  And it’s all very intuitive with big buttons even my 2-year-old can navigate.
  • It’s progressive, starting with beginning sound and letter skills and moving all the way through advanced reading skills.
  • My kids really enjoy the games, videos, and stories that go along with the early reading section.  It’s a fun way to reinforce early reading skills.
  • You can buy books and other educational supplies that parallel the online phonics stories for a very reasonable price.  But even better for the bargain hunters in the group, they offer some great printable PDF documents for FREE.  🙂  You can print cut-up take home books, printing practice sheets, reading/writing journals and more.
  • And my usual favorite, once again, it’s free 🙂

Do you have a favorite reading site online?  Please share it with us in the comment section.  Thanks!

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  3. Peggy Broadbent June 27, 2011 10:40 am

    You ought to read Frank Smith books, the first being Understanding Reading. He feels phonics is the downfall for teaching reading – and he has excellent ideas.And his view is just one along with all the phonics’ supporters.

    So many advocates require phonics to teach reading – which is for some children but not at all for others. I’m retired now but taught beginning reading for many years. I used various approaches because all children are different. Some need phonics and others, not at all and learned to read very easily without phonics. See my blog about a variety of readers and how they learned to read:

  4. miauw April 3, 2009 8:32 am

    i cant find any references about this site in google and wikipedia. is there any books that tells about

  5. miauw April 3, 2009 8:30 am

    i need a references about because i will use this site as an instrument for my thesis


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